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B2 – How to Stop Buying Stuff

In this lesson based on an article, you’ll engage your students in discussions about their spending habits and strategies for managing temptation to overspend. The lesson includes various discussion points, useful vocabulary related to spending money, five short reading passages, vocabulary practice, a summarizing activity, and a case study. Optionally, you can enhance the lesson with listening comprehension by watching a 7-minute video. Consider using a flipped format by providing students with vocabulary to preview or a video to watch before class. This lesson is suitable for adult learners at B2 and C1 levels.

TypeLevelVocabularyLesson Time
Regular LessonB2 / Upper-Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
12 words60-80 min
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  • impulse buying
  • buyer’s remorse
  • sleep on it
  • maintenance cost
  • temptation
  • pervasive
  • purchasing urge
  • firsthand experience
  • fill the void
  • initial cost
  • genuinely enjoy
  • affordable option


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary preview
  • Vocabulary match
  • Reading 1
  • Reading 2
  • Reading 3
  • Reading 4
  • Reading 5
  • Summary
  • Discussion
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Speaking
  • Case study
  • Optional video